[ yoo-keys, -keyz, yoo-keys, -keyz ]
/ yuˈkeɪs, -ˈkeɪz, ˈyu keɪs, -keɪz /


(in czarist Russia) an edict or order of the czar having the force of law.
any order or proclamation by an absolute or arbitrary authority.

Nearby words

  1. ujpest,
  2. ujung pandang,
  3. uk,
  4. uk overseas territory,
  5. ukaea,
  6. ukba,
  7. ukcc,
  8. uke,
  9. ukiah,
  10. ukip

Origin of ukase

1720–30; < French < Russian ukáz, Old Russian ukazŭ, noun derivative of ukazati to show, indicate, assign, command, equivalent to u- prefix + kazati to show, order Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ukase


/ (juːˈkeɪz) /


(in imperial Russia) an edict of the tsar
a rare word for edict

Word Origin for ukase

C18: from Russian ukaz, from ukazat to command

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Word Origin and History for ukase



1729, "decree issued by a Russian emperor," from Russian ukaz "edict," from ukazat' "to show, decree," from Old Church Slavonic ukazati, from u-, intensive prefix, + kazati "to show, order," which is related to the first element of Casimir.

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